Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : kernel (MDVSA-2008:043)

High Nessus Plugin ID 36383


The remote Mandriva Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A flaw in the vmsplice system call did not properly verify address arguments passed by user-space processes, which allowed local attackers to overwrite arbitrary kernel memory and gain root privileges.

Mandriva urges all users to upgrade to these new kernels immediately as this flaw is being actively exploited. This issue only affects 2.6.17 and newer Linux kernels, so neither Corporate 3.0 nor Corporate 4.0 are affected.

To update your kernel, please follow the directions located at :


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 36383

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2008-043.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/11/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-doc-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-doc-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-enterprise-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-legacy-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-legacy-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-source-stripped-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xen0-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xen0-latest, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xenU-, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:kernel-xenU-latest, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007.1

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/02/11

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0009, CVE-2008-0010, CVE-2008-0600

MDVSA: 2008:043

CWE: 20, 94